updated 12:40 pm EDT, Mon October 12, 2009
Motorola Debut PTT slider arrives at Sprint
Wireless provider Sprint on Monday began shipping its first slider phone that supports its Nextel Direct Connect push-to-talk service, the Motorola Debut i856. The Debut lets users switch from an active push-to-talk call to an interconnect voice call with a dedicated button. The handset also has a built-in MP3 player with dedicated external music controls and a 3D Audio equalizer.
Stereo Bluetooth support lets users hook up wireless headphones or headsets while a 3.5mm audio jack lets the use standard and common headphones. There is also a 1.3-megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom and video capture capabilities. A GPS sensor lets captured images be geo-tagged. A 2.2-inch color display has 176x220 resolution. Storage comes in the form of external microSD cards, with up to 8GB versions supported.
Sprint's TeleNav Navigation service and web browsing are supported by the Debut as well. The Debut is priced at $100 with a new two-year contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate.